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Work type:Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Department: Environmental Conservation
Union: Post Doc
Categories:Postdoctoral Research Associate
About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
A 1-2 year postdoctoral fellowship with the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, a partnership between the US Geological Survey and the University of Massachusetts. This is an opportunity to couple cutting-edge approaches of translational ecology and knowledge coproduction with the strengths of decision science for climate adaptation. Products will include scientific journal articles, publicly-accessible research syntheses, and management guidelines for conservation of climate change refugia. Ultimately, this project will inform natural resource management decisions related to land protection, invasive species treatment, recreation management, and a host of other conservation challenges.
The postdoctoral fellow will 1) use spatial ecology techniques to analyze biodiversity and climate data; 2) lead national and/or regional workshops (remote as necessary) so that refugia research can be incorporated to reduce uncertainty and improve management; and 3) write a synthetic paper for peer-reviewed publication taking a national view of how climate change refugia can be identified and managed.
- Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.
- Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
- Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
Applicant must have completed a Ph.D. by May 2021, preferably related to ecology, environmental science, or resource management.
Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
Preference will be given to applicants who have skills in spatial ecology and ecological modeling, experience with the U.S. Department of Interior (e.g., National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and expertise in decision analysis (e.g., structured decision making). Other important qualifications are a strong work ethic, problem-solving and time management skills, creativity, an ability to work independently, and a track record of publications. The fellow will also be responsible for mentoring graduate students. Black, indigenous and people of color applicants highly encouraged.
Flexible, for example Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm.
Salary will commensurate with experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references. Apply by February 1, 2021 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.
As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. (https://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion )
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.